Julian Assange arrested

Updates

  1. Originally published, April 11, 6:40 pm.
  2. April 11, 8:07 pm:
    • Julian Assange lost support—becoming a clearly unsympathetic figure—with Wikileaks’ publication of Democratic Party dirty laundry (that badly needed airing) and with his near-endorsement of Donald Trump. Philip Bump reviews what is and is not known about Assange’s role in 2016, including in alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.[1]
    • Speaking of alleged Russian hacking, the Department of Homeland Security (a fascist name if ever there was one) has notified state election officials that Russians visited all fifty states’ election websites and obtained at least some sample ballots and voter registration information.[2] Someone who’s actually paying attention might notice that this is all public information, but no, let’s just scapegoat the Russians instead.
  3. April 12, 9:25 am:
    • Elon Musk wants people to work eighty hours per week.[3] And Jack Dorsey has a ‘biohack’ that invites a comparison to anorexia.[4] I’m going to have to think about this more but it strikes me that there’s something awfully weird about high-flying tech executives taking on the human body as if it is something to be given up for Lent.
  4. April 12, 12:39 pm:
    • Owen Jones hits all the right notes in opposing Julian Assange’s likely extradition to the United States.[5]
  5. April 12, 6:30 pm:
    • Those who believe in the rule of law should be freaking out: Donald Trump apparently promised Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan a pardon should McAleenan end up in jail for turning migrants away at the border and wants to send asylum-seekers to “sanctuary cities.”[6]
    • As it heads toward an IPO, Uber continues to face problems with corporate culture and drivers. It admits that drivers may become even more unhappy as the company cuts compensation in a (likely vain) quest for profitability.[7]
  6. April 13, 10:40 pm:
    • George Monbiot argues that neoliberalism has gone farther in privatization and reduction to quantification than even Ludwig von Mises, the capitalist libertarian whom I had the impression would privatize even fire departments, advocated.[8]

Julian Assange

Assange-Trump-Toilet-941
Cartoon by Steve Bell via the Guardian, April 12, 2019, fair use.

William Booth et al., “WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested in London, accused by U.S. of conspiring in 2010 computer hacking attempt,” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/wikileakss-julian-assange-evicted-from-ecuador-embassy-in-london/2019/04/11/1bd87b58-8f5f-11e8-ae59-01880eac5f1d_story.html

Philip Bump, “What we know — and don’t know — about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and the 2016 campaign,” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/11/what-we-know-dont-know-about-wikileaks-julian-assange-campaign/

Danica Kirka, “Assange will fight extradition to the US after being arrested, charged,” Boston Globe, April 11, 2019, https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2019/04/11/london-police-arrest-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange/xqaIjgHFWoguTJofEZRSFP/story.html?s_campaign=breakingnews:newsletter

Owen Jones, “Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the US must be opposed,” Guardian, April 12, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/12/julian-assange-extradition-wikileaks-america-crimes


Brexit

Brexit-Halloween
Cartoon by Bob Moran via the Telegraph, April 12, 2019, fair use.

Michael Birnbaum and William Booth, “E.U. leaders offer to extend Brexit until October, avoiding chaotic exit on Friday,” Washington Post, April 10, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/theresa-may-heads-to-decisive-eu-summit-to-beg-for-more-time-before-britain-brexits/2019/04/10/1b342ffa-5622-11e9-aa83-504f086bf5d6_story.html

Daniel Boffey and Rowena Mason, “Theresa May agrees to October Brexit as Donald Tusk warns UK ‘don’t waste this time,’” Guardian, April 11, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/11/may-agrees-to-october-brexit-after-franco-german-carve-up

Gordon Rayner et al., “EU delays Brexit date to Hallowe’en – with review in June – on bruising night in Brussels,” Telegraph, April 11, 2019, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/04/10/eu-delays-brexit-date-halloween-review-june-bruising-night/


Donald Trump

Brian Faler, “Treasury misses congressional deadline for turning over Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, April 10, 2019, https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/10/trump-tax-returns-congress-1342027


Maslow’s Hierarchy

Lila MacLellan, “‘Maslow’s pyramid’ is based on an elitist misreading of the psychologist’s work,” Quartz, April 10, 2019, https://qz.com/work/1588491/maslow-didnt-make-the-pyramid-that-changed-management-history/


Roman Catholic Pedophilia

Benedict would blame the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s for the Catholic Church’s pedophilia problem. “Some analysts noted that clerical abuse cases existed well before the 1960s.”[9]


2016 Elections

Sean Gallagher, “DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016,” Ars Technica, April 10, 2019, https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/dhs-fbi-say-election-systems-in-50-states-were-targeted-in-2016/


Dieting

Monica Hesse, “The key to glorifying a questionable diet? Be a tech bro and call it ‘biohacking,’” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-key-to-glorifying-a-questionable-diet-be-a-tech-bro-and-call-it-biohacking/2019/04/11/12368e2c-5ba2-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html


Migration

Philip Bump, “Trump thinks sending migrants to immigrant-heavy, immigrant-friendly cities is a punishment,” Washington Post, April 12, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/12/white-house-wanted-send-migrants-cities-with-lot-immigrants/

Jake Tapper, “Trump told CBP head he’d pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law,” CNN, April 12, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/12/politics/trump-cbp-commissioner-pardon/index.html


Uber

Julia Carrie Wong, “Disgruntled drivers and ‘cultural challenges’: Uber admits to its biggest risk factors,” Guardian, April 12, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/11/uber-ipo-risk-factors


Neoliberalism

George Monbiot, “Quantomania,” April 13, 2019, https://www.monbiot.com/2019/04/13/quantomania/


  1. [1]Philip Bump, “What we know — and don’t know — about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and the 2016 campaign,” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/11/what-we-know-dont-know-about-wikileaks-julian-assange-campaign/
  2. [2]Sean Gallagher, “DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016,” Ars Technica, April 10, 2019, https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/dhs-fbi-say-election-systems-in-50-states-were-targeted-in-2016/
  3. [3]Nathan Crooks, “Elon Musk Says You Can Change the World Working 80 Hours a Week,” Bloomberg, November 26, 2019, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-26/elon-musk-says-you-can-change-the-world-working-80-hours-a-week
  4. [4]Monica Hesse, “The key to glorifying a questionable diet? Be a tech bro and call it ‘biohacking,’” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-key-to-glorifying-a-questionable-diet-be-a-tech-bro-and-call-it-biohacking/2019/04/11/12368e2c-5ba2-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html
  5. [5]Owen Jones, “Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the US must be opposed,” Guardian, April 12, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/12/julian-assange-extradition-wikileaks-america-crimes
  6. [6]Philip Bump, “Trump thinks sending migrants to immigrant-heavy, immigrant-friendly cities is a punishment,” Washington Post, April 12, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/12/white-house-wanted-send-migrants-cities-with-lot-immigrants/; Jake Tapper, “Trump told CBP head he’d pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law,” CNN, April 12, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/12/politics/trump-cbp-commissioner-pardon/index.html
  7. [7]Julia Carrie Wong, “Disgruntled drivers and ‘cultural challenges’: Uber admits to its biggest risk factors,” Guardian, April 12, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/11/uber-ipo-risk-factors
  8. [8]George Monbiot, “Quantomania,” April 13, 2019, https://www.monbiot.com/2019/04/13/quantomania/
  9. [9]Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli, “Ex-Pope Benedict contradicts Pope Francis in unusual intervention on sexual abuse,” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/speaking-out-at-this-difficult-hour-a-once-quiet-ex-pope-pens-a-lengthy-letter-on-sexual-abuse/2019/04/11/0ffa162e-5c1a-11e9-a00e-050dc7b82693_story.html

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